I guess in the world of domestic divas, the enemy of my enemy is my friend? Or something? At least that's what seems to be happening now that Martha Stewart is being all warm and cozy with Blake Lively, seemingly giving her stamp of approval to Lively's Preserve web outlet. As long as it's a threat to Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop, I guess it's fine by Stewart. The classiest ex-con in Connecticut put any previous differences aside when she introduced the former "Gossip Girl" star as her "friend" recently at her recent American Made Summit. That might have had something to do with the fact that Lively would totally let husband Ryan Reynolds tap that. "When we met Martha, she was like, "I'll ride motorcycles with you, Ryan,'" Lively told the crowd at the Summit. "That's the only woman that can creep up on my man and I would be OK with it." See? The power structure is preserved.
Robert Plant really, really isn't interested in a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, apparently. The singer reportedly tore up a contract offered by Richard Branson worth nearly $800 million that would have brought the classic rock titans back for 35 shows in London, Berlin and somewhere in New Jersey. The other members — Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham, son of late drummer John Bonham — were each offered somewhere closer to $200 million each, with an additional $100 million in merchandising to be split among the group, and they all are said to have signed on immediately. Guess they should've checked with Plant first.
Now that she's had some time to think about it, Gabrielle Union is speaking her mind about the nude photo leak from two months ago perpetrated against her along with a slew of famous women like Jennifer Lawrence. "I didn't do anything wrong — no matter what people describe to me, 'It's your fault, you're stupid to take nude photos, that's what happens when you're a celebrity' — all this nonsense ... they're criminals," she told the crowd at the recent Fun Fearless Life event in NYC. (Union also penned an editorial about itfor the December issue of Cosmopolitan.) "What you do with your own body is your choice. Period. There's no gray matter there. And when someone takes your choice away and your power away over your own body, it's a crime. Period. A hacking scandal? We're lessening it, making it more palatable for mass consumption, but it's a crime."
Nick Jonas is working so very hard to distance himself from his former Disney-controlled Jonas Brothers image, doing everything from giving crotch-grabbing demos to covering Sam Smith songs in tiny clubs in L.A. to posting as many sweaty, shirtless selfies as he can muster. Oh, and talking about sex. A lot. In the latest issue of British gay magazine Attitude, he offers this wisdom: "Sex is such an important part of a healthy life, in the sense that it's an intrinsic part of who you are. When your sex life is not healthy, you resort to other things as an outlet."
Somebody just paid a whole lot of money for the ability to do some really authentic Madonna cosplay. At the recent Icons & Idols: Rock n' Roll charity auction in Beverly Hills, a collection of clothing from the Material Girl's back catalog brought in some impressive bids. Here are some of the highlights:
Jacket from "Desperately Seeking Susan": $252,000
Dress from wedding to Sean Penn: $81,250
Gown and stole from "Material Girl" video: $73,125
"A League of Their Own" baseball uniform: $31,250
Gown from "Evita": $15,000
The Berlin Wall, 25 years after the fall, Peter Gabriel performing David Bowie's "Heroes," what more do you need to know? Gabriel took to the stage before the Brandenburg Gate Sunday night to perform a haunting rendition of Bowie's classic, marking the anniversary. The results are pretty spectacular.
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